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Mattias Wahlström

Senior lecturer

Mattias Wahlström
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 4830

Room number: F212
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Mattias Wahlström

MATTIAS WAHLSTRÖM obtained his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, as well as his Master’s degree in sociology, from the University of Gothenburg in 2003. He has been a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology since 2004. In 2011 Mattias defended his doctoral thesis: "The making of protest and protest policing: Negotiation, Knowledge, Space, and Narrative." Since 2013, he is post-doctoral research fellow at the department.

Specialist Fields
Social movements, police research, urban sociology, philosophy of social science and narrative analysis.

Current research
Mattias’ doctoral thesis concerns contemporary political protest and the policing of protest in Sweden and Denmark. Based on qualitative analysis of interviews, observations and documents, various aspects of this area are explored, such as negotiation, provocation, spatial interaction, and organisational police change.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was part of the international research programme “Caught in the act of protest: contextualizing contention (CCC)” (see

He is currently researching motives for protest participation, primarily based on data from protest surveys. Together with Abby Peterson and Magnus Wennerhag, he is part of a research project on Pride parades in Europe.

Teaching and tutoring
Criminology and general sociology, with a focus on social movements, political crime and police research.

Erasmus exchange lecturer at Charles University in Prague, October 2014.
Guest lecturer at Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University, Eichstätt, 2012 and at Mazaryk University, Brno, 2014.

Mattias has acted as external expert/lecturer for a number of organizations, including OSCE/ODIHR, the Romanian Gendarmerie, and the Swedish National Police Board.

Selected publications
Mattias Wahlström and Magnus Wennerhag (2014) Alone in the crowd: Lone protesters in Western European demonstrations. International Sociology, 29 (6), 565– 583.

Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, and Christopher Rootes (2013) Framing “The Climate Issue”: Patterns of Participation and Prognostic Frames among Climate Summit Protesters. Global Environmental Politics, 13:4, 101-122

Peterson, Abby, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, Camilo Christancho and José-Manuel Sabucedo. 2012. “May Day Demonstrations in Five European Countries”, Mobilization 17(3), 281-300.

Peterson, Abby, Mattias Wahlström and Magnus Wennerhag. 2012. “Swedish trade unionism – A renewed social movement.” Economic and Industrial Democracy 33(4), 621 – 647.

Wahlström, Mattias. 2011. “Taking Control or Losing Control? Activist Narratives of Provocation and Collective Violence.” Social Movement Studies 10(4), 367-385.

Wahlström, Mattias. 2011. The Making of Protest and Protest Policing: Negotiation, Knowledge, Space, and Narrative. Doctoral dissertation in sociologi. Göteborg Studies in Sociology 47. Department of sociology, University of Gothenburg.

Wahlström, Mattias. 2010. “Producing spaces for representation: racist marches, counterdemonstrations, and public-order policing.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28(5): 811-827.

Wahlström, Mattias. 2007. "Forestalling violence: Police knowledge of interaction with political activists." Mobilization, 12(4): 389-402.

Wahlström, Mattias och Abby Peterson. 2006. "Between the State and the Market: Expanding the Concept of 'Political Opportunity Structure'." Acta Sociologica, 49(4): 363-377.

Wahlström, Mattias. 2006. "Unformulable Practices? Articulating Practical Understanding in Sociological Theory." Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (13): 121-139.

Latest publications

Genuin oro över passiv politik bakom ungas klimatstrejker
Per Adman, Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag
Dagens Nyheter, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

Dynamics of violent and dehumanizing rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

”Violence approving extremism” – Establishing a Swedish social problem
Mattias Wahlström
Prepared for presentation at the Nordic conference on violent extremism: Theory and Practice, Oslo, 28-29 November 2018. , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

“A beating is the only language they understand”: Dynamics of violent rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
C-REX Nordic Conference on Violent Extremism, 29-30 November, Oslo, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Kursintroduktion som aktivt lärtillfälle
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Symposium Rum för lärande, 8-9 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Hur värderar studenter lärarproducerade podcasts i relation till andra läraktiviteter?
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
NU2018 Det akademiska lärarskapet, 9-11 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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Lärarpoddar i kriminologi
Christel Backman, Mattias Wahlström, Sara Uhnoo
Digitalisering av högre utbildning, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Medskapande pedagogik på en introduktionskurs
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Scherp H.Å & Uhnoo D. (red.) Medskapande högskolepedagogik, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book


Sweden 1950–2015: Contentious Politics and Social Movements between Confrontation and Conditioned Cooperation
Abby Peterson, Håkan Thörn, Mattias Wahlström
Mikkelsen F., Kjeldstadli K., Nyzell S. (eds) Popular Struggle and Democracy in Scandinavia: 1700-Present, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Discursive opportunities for right-wing political violence in the 21th century: a research agenda
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg
Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference. Oslo: 6-9 September, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Narrating Political Opportunities: Explaining Strategic Adaptation in the Climate Movement
Joost de Moor, Mattias Wahlström
Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference. Oslo: 6-10 September , Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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